The Teachers’ Lounge: Tales Told and Lessons Learned


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Series: Advancements in Learning and Instruction

BISAC: EDU000000

Behind the doors of teachers’ lounges, teachers share with each other. They share their frustrations and enjoyment. They also share stories about the students they serve. Sometimes these stories are meant to entertain, and at other times, these stories are designed to illustrate a message about the nature of students and the importance of teacher behaviors. Through the edited book volume, The Teachers’ Lounge: Tales Told and Lessons Learned, the editors manage to capture the spirit of teacher communalism in print form. Fun, heart-warming, and even bewildering within-school tales are shared. Through the narratives presented, associated lessons are also shared. These lessons elevate new, as well as experienced, teacher capacity and encourage responsible teaching behaviors. Each chapter ends with questions and statements for reflection and discussion, creating a comprehensively engaging and didactic experience from which all teachers could benefit. Though it was especially developed for new and emerging teachers, this volume serves as a didactic glimpse into teaching and a powerful resource for all teachers.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Show Mercy, Sow Mercy
(Quinton T. Ross and Patrice W. Glenn Jones – University President, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, US, et al.)

Chapter 2. Toward Culturally Responsive Caring
(Andrea Smith – College of Education, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, US)

Chapter 3. Don’t Judge a Kid by His IEP: A First Year’s Teacher Battle with Bias
(Tiyana Herring – Department of School Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US)

Chapter 4. Students Aren’t Numbers, but They Have Value
(Patrice W. Glenn Jones and Elizabeth K. Davenport – Department of Liberal Arts, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL, US, et al.)

Chapter 5. Help a Sister Out: The Need for Humanistic Teacher Mentorship
(Iana L. Harris – Academic Advising, St. Johns River State College, Orange Park, FL, US)

Chapter 6. Only the Resilient Remain
(Rose B. Glenn)

Chapter 7. Sometimes You Have to Give-In to Win
(Lillian Haywood)

Chapter 8. Destroying Sticks and Stones
(Patrice W. Glenn Jones – Department of Liberal Arts, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, US)

Chapter 9. #More Followers: Teachers and Influence
(Kevin A. Rolle – Office of the President, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, US)

Chapter 10. A Stone That’s Brown: Cultural Considerations for the Enhancement of Classroom Vocabulary Instruction
(Cheron H. Davis – College of Education, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, US)




“This volume made me reflect upon my time as a teacher. I could relate to every word within it. I also got a good laugh.”— Garrett Dennis, Councilman, City of Jacksonville, Florida, USA

“This volume is a considerate contribution to help prepare new teachers for the reality of the classroom. It is reflective, responsible, and resolute.”—David H. Jackson, Jr., Professor of History, Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Dean School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Continuing Education, Florida A&M University, USA

“I really wish I had a resource like this when I began teaching. I was bombarded with theory, but there was nothing that I could really relate to. I had so many misconceptions that I was forced to reconcile with reality. This book opens the door to the world of real teaching for new teachers. It will help many.”—Lasonya G. Rentz, Guidance Counselor

“Books like this are essential if we are going to prepare a new generation of teachers who are ready to assist and foster growth in all students.”— Diedrich Arterberry, Veteran Teacher

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